The ShopRite story started in the 1940’s with eight mom and pop grocers who came together to become the founding members of the Wakefern Food Corp. cooperative. They soon realized the benefits of operating under one unified and recognizable name.
The name “ShopRite” was adopted in 1951 and, since then, ShopRite has grown to nearly 280 locations throughout New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Connecticut, Delaware and Maryland, employing more than 50,000 people and serving millions of customers each week. Many of the stores are still family-owned and operated with second, third or even fourth generations at the helm.
ShopRite stores are dedicated to helping both customers and their communities thrive. Knowing the threat of food insecurity in their very own neighborhoods and to help families in need, Wakefern and ShopRite founded the ShopRite Partners In Caring program. Since the program began in 1999, it’s donated nearly $51 million to food banks that support more than 2,200 worthy charities. ShopRite has also been a long-time supporter of the Community Food Bank of New Jersey, donating food, services, money and hundreds of volunteer hours each year.
Wakefern and ShopRite member families also passionately support the special needs community. They started the Supermarket Careers program in 1989 to educate and train special needs students for meaningful careers in the supermarket industry. This award-winning program continues to thrive today at 42 schools throughout the company’s footprint. ShopRite is also an annual sponsor of the New Jersey Special Olympics Games, providing logistical, volunteer and food support for annual events that attract more than 1,800 athletes and 20,000 attendees.ShopRite Site